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December 19, 2012

GLYNN: NBC reporter offers way to recover from tragedy

Niagara Gazette — When Ann Curry was fired earlier this year as a full-time anchor on NBC's "Today" show, she gave an emotional on-camera farewell speech before her departure. 

She said that when venturing into dangerous places, interviewing dictators, jumping off bridges and climbing mountains, and landing in the South Pole, she was doing it all for the viewers. "I have loved you," she told them, "And I have wanted to give you the world. And I still do."

On Tuesday, she kept her word. She gave people around the globe fervent hope and deep inspiration about how to cope with the overwhelming grief triggered by the massacre at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

After the nightmare in that quiet community, Curry said to herself: "What if? Imagine if everyone could commit to doing one act of kindness for everyone of those children killed in Newtown." So that's what she tweeted and it took off from there.

Curry's message spread. "It was remarkable how many people responded," she said. "They are the ones who carried the ball. They are the ones who chose what to do."

In less than 24 hours, tens of thousands of people on Twitter and Facebook not only joined the crusade, they increased Curry's suggestion to 26 acts of kindness, to include the teachers who died trying to protect the children. One of the tweets came from Borneo.

Curry's campaign is based on the premise that if you do good, you'll feel good. 

A few shining examples of how people responded:

• "I don't earn much, but donated 10 percent of this week's paycheck to National Alliance on Mental Illness. NAMI is dear to my heart.

• "Just gave a $20 Subway gift card to a homeless woman in Chicago."

• "I will bake cookies for those in the hospital over Christmas with no family."

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